FAI Junior Cup journey ends for St Michaels

first_imgIn local action, St Michael’s are out of the FAI Junior Cup.The Tipperary Town club, who last won the trophy in 2014, drew 1-1 after extra-time with Newmarket Celtic but lost the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-3.Ray Lonergan, who watched the 6th Round match for Tipp FM, says the Clare side had some very impressive performers. There was better news for Clonmel Celtic – they’re through to the next round after scoring a 3-2 home victory over Castleknock Celtic of Dublin.last_img

International Friendly (Nigeria Vs Argentina) – Lionel Messi Pulls Out

first_imgThe eagerly anticipated international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina has been robbed of some star power after it emerged that Lionel Messi will not be on parade at the Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, in a fortnight.This was carried by popular Argentine Daily, which said the manager of the two-time world champions Jorge Sampaoli has opted not to field his talismanic skipper against the Super Eagles.According to the report, Messi, whose treble ensured Argentina will be at the 2018 World Cup, will only feature against host country Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on November 11.Five-time World Player of the Year Messi has been brilliant for Barcelona this term, netting 16 goals as the Catalans remain unbeaten in all competitions, and he may have demanded for some rest after a hectic couple of weeks.This same scenario played out during the Albiceleste’s last international friendlies against Brazil (June 9) and Singapore (June 13), when Messi went the distance against the Seleção but was omitted from the matchday squad against the Asians.Over the years, Lionel Messi has been a thorn in the side of Nigerian national teams, having scored five goals in six clashes, including a brace in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Three-time African champions Nigeria remain unchanged from previous sides, with the key player injured Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses missing from the tie.RelatedMessi Finally Speaks On Missing Nigeria GameNovember 12, 2017In “Features”Eagles Land In Russia Ahead Of Huge Argentina ClashNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”Nigeria Showed Teams Don’t Fear Argentina Again – MaradonaFebruary 13, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more